Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Palau Bush-warbler (Horornis annae)


French: Bouscarle des Palau German: Palauseidensänger Spanish: Cetia de Palaos

Psamathia annae

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1868,

Palau Islands


In the past sometimes placed in a monotypic genus, Psamathia. Monotypic.


Palau Is (Babelthaup, Koror, Garakayo, Peleliu and Ngabad).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. A large bush-warbler with long, tapering bill. Has pale yellowish-buff to olive-yellow supercilium, dark lores and eyestripe, greyish-olive cheek and ear-... read more


Song, given continually for long periods, often in concert with others, a long penetrating, flute-... read more


Dense undergrowth, vine tangles and lianas of mid-level canopy of forests and along forest edges.

Food and feeding

Food mostly ground-dwelling invertebrates. Usually solitary. Forages low down in vegetation or on ground; extremely shy, spends long... read more


Not well known. Season at least Nov–Dec. Nest a ball of dry leaves, coarse grasses, fine plant fibres and feathers, entrance fairly... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palau EBA. Common and widespread. Although numerous, this species is extremely shy and consequently not well... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Palau Bush-warbler (Horornis annae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 May 2019).